about your business. That way, when your busy season returns, your customers or clients will be ready. Do everything you can to keep your business top of mind. Send them newsletters (like this one) or send them a card. If you don’t, you may end up with fewer customers than expected when things pick up again. Your existing customers and your prospects may have legitimately forgotten about you. AUDIT YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE Run a review campaign for your Google or Facebook profiles. Turn it into a contest and get people involved. When you keep customers or clients engaged, they will be more likely to be there for you when the off-season comes to a close. Even better, take a holistic look at your web content. How is your search engine optimization working for you? While you may have an off-season, Google definitely doesn’t, and they constantly update their web standards. Check your blog and make sure your own web standards are up to par, and confirm that your business’s contact information is correct on Google Maps.
businesses retool for the winter. They plow snow, clear ice, and haul and cut firewood when the weather won’t quite allow for their normal work. Meanwhile, golf courses let their patrons know the clubhouse is available to rent for corporate and family events during colder seasons, and when it comes to the green itself, courses often offer significantly reduced rates to players. An alternative revenue stream keeps your business up and running no matter the season and it keeps your team employed. Just don’t try to overdiversify and enter a niche you’re not equipped to handle. Be smart about it. For instance, landscapers have trucks and trailers, both of which make it easier to plow snow and haul wood. What can you use or repurpose that you already have access to? BUILD STRONGER CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS During the busy season, you don’t have time for every special client retention project that pops up. But, during the off-season, you more than likely have time to spare. Don’t wait for the next season to ramp up your referral campaigns or customer outreach. Get that marketing pitch off the ground and get people excited
Almost every business — no matter the industry or niche — has an off-season. Year after year, it takes people by surprise. You may plan to have fewer customers, but then when the time comes, your savings aren’t adequate or your budget isn’t tight enough. The reality is, some businesses don’t survive their off-season because they fail to properly prepare for it. Don’t be that kind of business! DIVERSIFY YOUR SERVICES In the northern parts of the United States and Canada, landscaping Make the Most of Your Off-Season
...Continued from back page ARE ATTORNEYS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION?
law firms to compete and earn a respectable living.
So, what’s to be done?
The answer is clear.
soon have an attorney arguing one side and a robot on the other? Not at all.
What is this threat?
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What I am saying is this:
Yes, I’m quite serious. Cutting-edge A.I. technology has already proved useful in predicting which
Large law firms will increasingly adopt this technology to reduce costs so they can pass those savings on to clients, who no longer want to pay high hourly rates
documents will be relevant to winning a case. And the McKinsey Global Institute found
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for juniors to do routine casework. In fact, those tasks are already being automated by the biggest firms.
nearly half of all tasks could already be automated. And it will be much more powerful in three to five years.
This means it will be increasingly difficult for solo attorneys and smaller
Am I saying attorneys are soon going the way of the dodo? Will courtrooms
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